Triumph Street Triple - Best Used Bikes

Triumph Street Triple studio right-side view

Years sold: 2008–2012

Base MSRP new: $7,999 (2008) to $8,899 (2012)

Blue Book retail value: $5,510 (2008) to $7,325 (2012)

Basic specs: The Street Triple is perhaps best characterized by its dohc, 675cc liquid-cooled triple, a feisty engine serving as a stressed member in the bike's race-spec alloy perimeter frame. With minimalist bodywork, the Street Triple tips the scales at a svelte 393 pounds, while its engine produced 93 hp and 45 pound-feet of torque on the CW Dynojet dyno. Models produced prior to the 2013 redesign are our focus here.

Why it's desirable: Inspired by the liter-class Speed Triple, the Daytona 675-based Street Triple won Best Standard in the Cycle World Ten Best its debut year. Fitted with a tubular-style bar, the bike has upright ergos that lend themselves to daily commuting and urban duty, while the engine and chassis are fully up to serious back-road brawling. From our July 2008 test: "More than any other Triumph, the Street Triple feels light and lithe, handy even, in a way that captures the ease and eagerness of the old air-cooled bikes but completely updates those qualities with excellent performance, reliability, and smoothness."

The competition: The Street Triple has long maintained a price/performance edge on other middleweight nakeds, including the Aprilia Shiver 750, Ducati Monster 696, Kawasaki ER-6N, Suzuki SV650, and Yamaha FZ6. Some might argue that its primary competition came from its Street Triple R sibling, whose fully adjustable suspension and radial-mount front brake calipers proved well worth the $700 to $800 premium.